Thailand

Located in Southeast Asia, Thailand shares borders with Cambodia and Laos to the east, Malaysia to the south, and Myanmar to the west. Rolling hills, mountains, and miles of rice fields fill the landscape.

  • Population: 69,122,000
  • Life Expectancy: 74 years
  • Access to Safe Water: 100%
  • School Enrollment: 90%
  • Land Mass: 198,116 sq. mi.
  • Literacy Rate: 94%
  • Under Age 5 Mortality Rate: 13/1000
  • Average Annual Income (GNI): 4,210

Facts about Thailand

Child Protection

Nearly one million children have no birth registration documents, which means they cannot declare citizenship and receive basic rights.

Health

Human trafficking remains a major issue in Thailand, and the number of people living with HIV and AIDS has grown to over 610,000.

Economic Development

While the unemployment rate is less than two percent of the population, almost 10 percent of people live below the poverty line.

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Progress in Thailand

Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors. World Vision was able to work alongside communities to accomplish the following in 2012.

  • Provided farming families with seeds and taught them how to make low-cost organic fertilizer, increasing food production.

  • Worked with local schools to offer vocational classes for students, imparting valuable skills that will help them earn a living when they graduate.

  • Held tutoring sessions to improve children's math and language skills and help them succeed in school.

  • Strengthened the quality of education by training teachers in new teaching methods and the development of instructional media.

  • Organized life-skills camps, which encourage positive moral values and help develop children's self-confidence and leadership skills.

  • Helped establish community savings groups, increasing entrepreneurs' access to funding for small businesses.

  • Provided training and supplies to help community members start small businesses such as fish farms and dressmaking shops.

  • Established community business groups to encourage economic development and help families get involved in income-generating activities.

  • Trained community organizations in leadership and management, equipping them to continue development work in their neighborhoods.

  • Monitored children's health and helped sick children access medical treatment.

  • Facilitated health workshops for young people to increase their knowledge of HIV prevention and teach them about the dangers of drug use.

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    World Vision in Thailand Today

    World Vision is committed to partnering with the people of Thailand to improve their lives today and to help enact sustainable solutions for the future of their children, families, and communities. World Vision’s child sponsorship program plays a vital role in this partnership, with donors from the United States sponsoring more than 10,100 girls and boys. In addition to sponsorship, World Vision operates other programs that benefit communities in Thailand. Highlights include:

    • Raising awareness about human trafficking and providing vocational training for at-risk girls.
    • Preventing disease by improving access to clean water.
    • Improving the lives of children affected by HIV and AIDS through education and healthcare.

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    World Vision History in Thailand

    World Vision assistance in Thailand dates back to 1959 with a pastors conference, and in 1971, support to build an orphanage.  An office opened in 1973. Since then, some major accomplishments include:

    • Offering relief to refugees fleeing from neighboring Cambodia by improving food supplies and providing vocational training in the 1970s.
    • Helping children go to school by providing tuition, books, and other school supplies during the 1970s.
    • Continuing relief efforts for Cambodian refugees and educating Thai communities in health and nutrition, food production, and vocation skills in the 1980s.
    • Helping children and families affected by a tropical storm and improving education and healthcare for communities during the 1990s and into the 21st century.

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    Geography & People

    Geography and people

    Located in Southeast Asia, Thailand shares borders with Cambodia and Laos to the east, Malaysia to the south, and Myanmar to the west. Rolling hills, mountains, and miles of rice fields fill the landscape.

    The country has a warm, tropical climate most of the year, with an annual monsoon. A rainy season runs from June to October and a dry season runs the rest of the year.

    Agriculture is a large source of income for Thais. Products grown include rice, rubber, corn, and sugarcane. The country’s richest natural resource is rice, and they grow millions of tons of rice annually.

    About 75 percent of the population is ethnic Thai; and Chinese and Malays make up the rest. Thai is the official language.

    Known as “the land of smiles,” Thailand is renowned for the warmth of its people and the sophistication of its culture. Thais place a high value on family. Elderly people are honored in the household for their acquired wisdom, and parents actively seek their advice in raising grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

    History

    Once known as Siam, Thailand has always been an independent nation and has never experienced foreign rule. The new name of Thailand means “the land of the free.”

    Coup attempts, war, and ongoing conflicts with neighboring Cambodia and Vietnam have been a mainstay throughout the nation’s history.

    On December 26, 2004, a powerful tsunami hit 12 Asian countries, including Thailand. The country reported nearly 3,900 casualties, with another 2,800 missing and presumed dead. More than 3,300 homes were destroyed and 1,500 were damaged.

    In the fall of 2006, disputes over an election continued to build, leading to a military coup in September. The military rule was removed in early 2007 and the new government set up a permanent constitution. However, recent political conflict has called into question the future of Thailand’s democracy.

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    Prayer Requests for Thailand

    • Families to recover quickly and fully from the devastation of the floods.
    • Stable economic growth so the millions of people living in poverty will have opportunities to build better lives.